Sunday, April 23, 2017
Today's Gospel Reading from St. John is what gives us that phrase "Doubting Thomas," as St. Thomas the Apostle does not experience the real visit from the Lord, and expresses what seems to be a doubt. But in spite of what is viewed as an expression of doubt, when the Lord visits once again and invites Thomas to place his hand in His wounds, there is no indication Thomas ever does it. He proclaims "My Lord and my God," and Jesus answers "Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."
"Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed." That refers to us! We are blessed with these holy accounts of those who witnessed and proclaimed and found the happiness that comes from believing. We must take this truth, embrace it, and live it joyfully, unapologetically and with trusting courage not only for our benefit but for those who may not yet believe or lack faith.
I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of you who are visiting us and to all those who are new to our parish of St. Joseph the Worker. May God bless you as your presence and prayers add and mean a lot to our parish congregation. I look forward to meeting with you.
Peace and joy in the Risen Lord,
Fr. Kenneth Nobrega
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During Lent and beyond as we attempt to turn away from sin, and be faithful to the Gospel, we can all use the extra spiritual protection from this short but powerful prayer. Following the final blessing at our Masses, please join in as the celebrant priest leads the congregation in praying the "St. Michael Prayer." May God bless us with His spiritual protection.
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